Seven Rules of Life

Here are today’s Weekly Words of Wisdom from Lama Surya Das.

The Buddha once said

Do not pursue the past.
Do not lose yourself in the future.
The past no longer is.
The future has not yet come.
Looking deeply at life as it is
in the very here and now,
the practitioner dwells
in stability and freedom.

This quote from the Buddha is reflected in the Seven Rules of Life.

7 Rules of Life

1. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.

2. What others think of you is none of your business.

3. Time heals almost everything, give it time.

4. Don’t compare your life to others and don’t judge them. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

5. Stop thinking too much, it’s alright not to know the answers. They will come to you when you least expect it.

6. No one is in charge of your happiness, except you.

7. Smile. You don’t own all the problems in the world.


– Anonymous




In my life, I try to live by the Five Mindfulness Trainings offered by the Buddha and all major religions. The essential teachings are

  1. Reverence for life
  2. Generosity
  3. Appropriate sexual conduct
  4. Loving speech and deep listening
  5. Mindful consumptions

What guidelines for a happy life do you live by? Please share your feelings and thoughts.

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